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Bradford School of Management extends global business accreditation


The University of Bradford's School of Management has extended its global accreditation in business, one of just 49 business schools across the world to do so.

The accreditation maintains the School’s position as one of a handful of business schools across the world with the coveted triple-crown of accreditations, providing engaging and innovative teaching and learning along with research, which has been recognised as making a difference to the world.

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) announced the accreditations following a process of rigorous internal focus, engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor, and peer-reviewed evaluation. During this multi-year path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation; student, faculty, and staff as active participants; learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

Once accreditation is achieved, each institution participates in a five-year continuous improvement peer-review to maintain high quality and extend its accreditation.

Professor Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law, said: “We are delighted to receive commendations and the maximum period of reaccreditation from AACSB. This secures our triple accreditation status amongst an elite group of Business and Management Schools and helps confirm our strategic focus of relevance and research that has significant impact for our students, staff and society.”

Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB, said: “AACSB congratulates each institution on their achievement. Every AACSB-accredited school has demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning. The intense peer-review process exemplifies their commitment to quality business education.”

The School of Management has been an international leader in business education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years. Its MBA was first launched in 1974 and its DBA was launched in 2001.

Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting students, educators, and businesses worldwide.

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